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Alice Braithwaite Goodyshoes

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Alice Braithwaite Goodyshoes was a little girl who appeared in a variety of animated segments during the first season of Sesame Street. Described by the show's producers as "an arrogant, sanctimonious know-it-all," she frequently opened her segments by announcing, "This is Alice Braithwaite Goodyshoes, the smartest girl in the whole world!"[1] The segments were produced by Ken Snyder.[2] Some segments also featured a monster with polka dots.

She appeared on one of the posters that was included in The Sesame Street Learning Kit, and three of her segments were included in The Sesame Street Book of Puzzlers. In print materials and merchandise, Alice's middle name has been variously spelled as "Braithwaith" and "Braitewaith." A few documents from the CTW archives refer to her as Baby Alice.

Sketches

Alice decides to show the viewers what through means by pouring a bucket of paint into a vertical pipe, but it goes through when she puts her head under the tube rather than instantly.
Alice is standing next to a bathtub full of water. She is dry. A monster comes by and dumps the water on her, causing her to be wet, and then kisses her. "Bleah!" she says.
Alice uses a brick wall to demonstrate around (by going around the wall), under (by pretending to climb under it), and over (by jumping over it, and crashing when she lands).
Alice displays a G, for "good." She gets kissed by a monster, who says, "Gee, that was good!"
Alice and a monster use hot dogs to demonstrate "long" and "short".

Sources

  1. Lesser, Gerald S. Children and Television: Lessons from Sesame Street.
  2. Sesame Street: A Celebration - 40 Years of Life on the Street, page 240.

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